I was made a scapegoat, says Abhijit Kale

Published: Thursday, December 25, 2003, 21:46 [IST]
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Pune: The cricketer Abhijit Kale, who is in the eye of a controversy, on Thursday alleged that he was made a 'sacrificial goat' in the fight between the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) chairman Balasaheb Thorve and the national selector Kiran More.

Talking from Mumbai, Kale said "I have been playing cricket for the last ten years and I have never missed any important match. But because of the fight between the MCA president and Kiran More, my cricketing career is badly affected".

He said "I cannot understand the stand of Thorve. When I met him in Pune for the first time he fully announced his support to me. But the moment I went to the court against the decision of the Board of Control of Cricket in India, he changed his tune".

Asked whether he regrets his decision to go to the court Kale said, "The purpose of my going to the court was only to challenge the suspension order of BCCI. It was not confrontation with BCCI president. I am too small a person to fight against him".

Kale was suspended by the BCCI from playing cricket following allegations of offering bribe, levelled by two national selectors Kiran More and Pranob Roy.

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